Lives of the fellows

Gerald Malcolm Sidney Ryan

b.19 June 1914 d.24 March 1991
MB ChB Liverp(1938) MRCP(1947) FRCP(1971)

Gerald Malcolm Sidney Ryan was born in Chester. He was the son of a professional soldier, Lt Colonel John Ryan of the Cheshire Regiment and his wife Grace née Fraser whose father was a man of independent means. He was educated at Kings School, Chester, and Shrewsbury. He then went on to study medicine at the University of Liverpool, his clinicals being undertaken at the Royal Southern Hospital. In 1940, a year after graduation, he married Joan Wood - a fellow medical student whose father was also a medical practitioner and vice-president emeritus of the Royal Society of Health. There were three children of the marriage, two daughters and a son.

This was the time of the second world war and Ryan volunteered to join the RAMC. He was posted to a field ambulance and later served in Italy and North Africa, where he was promoted to graded specialist as a physician. On demobilization he obtained his membership of the College and was appointed consultant physician to St Helens and Rainhill Hospitals in Lancashire, where he continued to work until his retirement. His elder daughter also graduated in medicine from Liverpool University.

In his younger days Ryan was a keen sprinter but he later reluctantly abandoned this hobby as a result of back trouble. In his later years his hobbies included golf and gardening, and he was an enthusiastic amateur investor. He continues to be fondly remembered as a thoughtful and sensitive physician by the staff and patients with whom he dealt. At the time of his death he had seven grandchildren; they were all residents or citizens of the USA.

M P Lynch

(Volume IX, page 456)

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